Five Random Facts for Monday

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  Until the wire whisk was popularized in the 19th century, vigorous mixing was usually accomplished using birch branches, knives, or bundles of straw.

2.  Americans spend almost $100 billion a year on the lottery, which is more than we spend on books, movies, music, video games, and tickets to sporting events combined.

3.  Louboutins’ iconic red soles were inspired by Andy Warhol.  The 60s pop artist’s drawing Flowers caught the eye of the famous designer which gave him the idea to add the infamous sole to his designs.

4.  There are only two countries in the world that don’t require companies to give their employees paid maternity leave:  Papua New Guinea and the U.S.   The South American country Suriname had been on this list until a couple years ago, but then they  introduced 16 weeks of paid maternity leave and eight days of paid paternity leave.

5.  Peanut M&M’s were invented by a guy named Forrest Mars, who was allergic to peanuts.

 

(The News-Review / NPR / New Yorker / Wikipedia / Mental Floss)